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2023 Ford Maverick Lariat 2.0L EcoBoost Goes AWD Only

The Ford Maverick remains as popular as ever, which prompted FoMoCo to close order banks for the 2023 model year mere days after they first opened last week. The Blue Oval still has a large backlog of orders to fill from the 2022 model year, and has also faced tremendous demand from new customers looking to purchase the compact pickup. Regardless, the popular model will introduce a few new options for the new model year- including one big one for the the 2023 Ford Maverick Lariat equipped with the turbocharged Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost, which will now only be available in all-wheel drive configuration, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority.

For the 2022 model year, the highest-trim version of the compact pickup came standard in front-wheel drive configuration, but the 2023 Ford Maverick Lariat EcoBoost is now only available with all-wheel drive. This means that only hybrid customers will be able to spec the Lariat trim with front-wheel drive, which is the only choice in that particular configuration, too. This change means that every current Ford vehicle powered by the 2.0L EcoBoost – including the Maverick, Ford Bronco Sport, Ford Escape, and Ford Edge – are all offered with standard all-wheel drive in conjunction with that powerplant, though this list doesn’t include any Lincoln models.

In addition to these changes, the 2023 Ford Maverick has also received price increases across the board, though a private offer for carryover order holders will more than offset those additional costs and the EcoBoost powerplant is now a no-cost option. Additionally, the XLT Luxury Package has dropped several features that were previously available for 2022, as Ford Authority reported yesterday.

Both the Tremor Off-Road Package and Black Appearance Package are new for the 2023 model year, while XL trim models are gaining standard cruise control, as Ford Authority reported last week. The pair of new packages are supply constrained, however, along with a host of other features and options. Regardless, in addition to a delay in order banks opening up, 2023 Maverick production was also pushed back several weeks recently and is currently scheduled to begin at the Hermosillo Assembly plant in Mexico on November 14th, 2022.

We’ll have more on the Maverick very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mike

    Why are automakers make AWD standard on their vehicles? Ford did this with the Ranger in Canada. All this does is increase the price, lower MPG, wear out the tires faster, and add the potential for expensive repairs in the future. Even in Canada there is not enough snow, with global warming, to warrant AWD.

  2. Jesse Campbell

    Bring back the late 60s Falcon, the TBird as a GS sedan and the Cougar as a Lincoln GS sedan with V8s

    1. Scott

      The 60’s was 60 years ago. Stop living in the past and move on.

  3. Bob

    If only you could make enough of them so we could by them. Ford’s stock has been damaged because “chip and components shortages may be improving at a slower pace than anticipated”. Why is a company as large as Ford so dependent? Pathetic behavior from such a large company. Empty lots, empty promises and vehicles selling way over MSRP because people are desperate.

    1. TOM

      your completely correct Bob, a company as powerful and vast as the major auto makers should be able to shift suppliers much quicker and more streamlined in order to maintain their ability to conduct business. plants sitting idle waiting on resources just show that someone (no doubt drawing some ridiculous salary) is not paying attention to their job, automakers are working in the future always developing future markets and see those markets years out, so not anticipating resource problems should not occur, once those possible hiccups are identified they should shift priorities in order to minimize impacts, not what’s happening now, if they had done their due diligence they’d be raking in profits that would be outrageous, somebody should have lost their job it probably cost Ford millions.

      1. John

        Which auto manufacturer do you run? You realize this is a global issue and is affecting every single manufacturer. You must be smarter than every executive in the industry.

  4. Bobby Fain

    Aw ned maw Four-d Mav-Rick!!!
    Giddy yup Hosie !!!

  5. Dom panfile

    Maybe even offer 2wd for the folks who have no use for 4wd, I hate it when you get 4wd and 4doors stuffed down your throat , us guys in the trades have no use for them . Give me a nice 2wd extended cab for my work clothes, and I’ll be happy . If it’s that bad out and you think 4wd will get you there, think again

  6. mreiff

    If hybrids are the cause of slow builds and deliveries, presumably due to battery shortages, why can’t I order and get a 2.0L Lariat? Couldn’t order one last year either.


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